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What is a Plateau and what should I do if I am in one? 5

What is a Plateau and what should I do if I am in one?

A weight loss Plateau while on phase 2 of our HCG Program may occur even when you have followed the diet strictly and have been perfect on protocol days before. You rush to the scale in the morning, so excited to see how much weight you have lost… and to your surprise, the scale has not moved.

Will everyone experience a first Plateau? Not everyone will but it can happen.

Why does a plateau occur when you have been so strict and staying on protocol? After the first week on Phase 2, it is common for the body to fight you in dropping more weight. Your body is catching up with the rapid weight loss from the first 7-10 days which is where you will lose the most weight.

Ignore this stall and move forward by staying on your path and program the losses will come again. Remember that what you don’t see on the scale, you are losing in centimetres, so you are welcome to keep recorded measurements every few days.
Plateau can last anywhere from 1 day up to 5 days with no weight loss. A Plateau beyond 5 days is usually an indicator of another issue such as excess salt intake resulting in water retention, constipation, lactose intolerance that may cause intestinal inflammation and bloating, menses, illness, prescription medications, or eating off protocol.
It is very important to remain positive about your weight loss. Studies have shown that dieters who maintain a positive attitude about their weight loss actually lose more weight.

Plateau Breakers

We recommend you do an Apple or a Steak day if your weight and centimetres has been standing still for at least 4-5 days.


  • The “apple day” plateau breaker method is NOT recommended on a continuous basis. The process:  Reduce your fluid intake by 1 litre and eat 6 apples throughout the day.  This method typically will rid the body of excess fluids and most patients state they lose about 1 kilogram. 

      STEAK DAY:

  • Dr Simeon’s “steak day” plateau breaker is not recommended to be followed more than 1-2 times during the 6 week course. However, here is the process:  Drink as much fluid as possible throughout the day and then enjoy a large steak for dinner.  You may have 1 tomato and/or an apple with your steak.  Many people have stated that they have lost about 1 kilogram the following day.


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